NEWTON, KS – The Indian Hills men’s golf team built a big lead after the first round and never looked back, winning the Tabor College Fall Invitational by 29 shots over runner-up Iowa Western. Indian Hills had the top three golfers in the field by the end of the tournament.
Harry Doig and Harry Fearn tied for first place in the Tabor College Fall Invite, each playing the par-72 Sand Creek Station course in two-under par 142. Doig’s first-round four-under par 68 was the only score in the 60s in the 36-hole event.
Fearn shot 70 and 72 and he and Doig outdistanced teammate Cyril Henault by five shots. Henault was third with his 147 that included an even-par 72 on Monday.
“In the wind, we excelled on day one,” Mulholland explained. “Getting off to a hot start is something we talk about a lot and it’s what we have done really well so far this fall. The scores – 68 by Doig, 70 by Fearn and 72 by Henault – were fun to watch. It’s hard to shoot under par at any point, but it’s the courses and schedule we are playing that have helped us perform to the standard we are at.”
Indian Hills had a team score of 284 in the opening round to open a 22-shot margin over Iowa Western. IHCC then followed with a 301 to extend the lead by another seven strokes.
“Round two was windier and much more unpredictable when judging distances,” Mulholland said. “That being said we did a good job of controlling that. Harry Fearn’s 72 was the best in the field for the round and with the way both Harry’s hit the ball they were going to be hard to beat. They gave themselves a lot of opportunities for birdies and didn’t make many mistakes in the windy conditions.”
Jesse MacNaughtan tied for ninth for the Warriors with a 154 that included a 74 the first day. Blade Gadd was also in the top 20 at 17th after a 159.
Having won the last three tournament team titles, Indian Hills will take part in the Little Rock Invitational Oct. 21-22.
“Our next event will be a showcase for the top four finishers this week,” Mulholland said. “We are only allowed to bring four individuals to the NCAA DI event in Arkansas. It’ll be great for the two freshmen (Fearn and Henault) to get in front of some big-time DI programs on another hard golf course (Chenal Country Club).”